5 random facts about Wimbledon

Tennis Balls

Published at 12:03pm 3rd July 2017. (Updated at 12:10pm 3rd July 2017)

Grab your strawberries and cream and find a spot on Murray Mound!

Grab your strawberries and cream and find a spot on Murray Mound. 

Wimbledon is underway today!

Andy Murray starts his defence of his title after declaring himself fully fit and announcing he's going to be a dad for the second time.

Here are some facts about the Championships you may not know:

 

  • Champions don't keep the trophy they are presented with, they receive a ¾ size replica
  • Each year at Wimbledon they serve 28,000 kg (140,000 servings) of English strawberries

  • It takes over 6000 staff to put on Wimbledon. 250 of these are ball boys and ball girls, candidates are nominated by their headteachers and must pass a written test
  • Maria Sharapova has the record for the loudest Wimbledon grunt. She reached 105 decibels - the equivalent of standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!
  • The longest match ever played at Wimbledon took place at the 2010 tournament. John Isner of the United States defeated French player Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.  Imagine playing for 11 hours and losing! Relive the greatest and longest Wimbledon match:
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